In his first day in the White House, in a return to Obama-era policies, incoming President Joe Biden is planning on cancelling permits previously granted to the Keystone XL pipeline project.
One of President Trump’s first acts in office was to ease the way for the Keystone project by expediting the permit processes. But even with President Trump’s support, the pipeline will not be complete until 2023.
The Keystone XL pipeline is being developed to pipe crude oil from the rich oil sands of Alberta, Canada to Nebraska. The oil would then be piped through existing pipelines to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.
The pipeline project provides jobs for many union workers, and it is beneficial for both Canadian and American energy independence. Of course, environmental groups oppose it for the usual reasons, especially that it will provide cheaper fossil fuels for American and Canadian needs.
Under threat of losing the operating permits, TC announced on January 17th that the pipeline infrastructure will be fully powered by renewable energy. President of Keystone XL, Richard Prior explained the economic and environmental impacts of the pipeline.
Since it was initially proposed more than 10 years ago, the Keystone XL project has evolved with the needs of North America, our communities and the environment. We are confident that Keystone XL is not only the safest and most reliable method to transport oil to markets, but the initiatives announced today also ensures it will have the lowest environmental impact of an oil pipeline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
Prior also pointed out what Climate Change Democrats fail to acknowledge: Canada and America are the most environmentally responsible energy producers on the planet: “Canada and the United States are among the most environmentally responsible countries in the world with some of the strictest standards for fossil fuel production.”
Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to Washington D.C. touted the Keystone Pipeline project as beneficial and an important part of energy security for both countries. She told Politico:
The Government of Canada continues to support the Keystone XL project. Keystone XL fits within Canada’s climate plan. It will also contribute to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness.
The Biden administration promises to be a return to the Obama administration, complete with policies that make America dependent on foreign oil again.